Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Remembers Tragic Events of 9/11 with Stair Climbing Challenge

Friday, September 08, 2017

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – ​Now 16 years later, everyone still remembers where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is kicking off a physical challenge for recreation center members to honor those who lost their lives that day. Participants in the 9/11 Challenge will climb 110 flights on the stair climber – one flight for each floor of the World Trade Center towers. The challenge begins Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m., with Deputy City Manager Ken Chandler and a representative from the Virginia Beach Fire Department doing the climb at Great Neck Recreation Center.

"The events of 9/11 are such a significant part of America's history, and I feel like this challenge is a way that we can acknowledge the anniversary and remember those innocent victims and first responders who perished that day," said Eyal Gonen, challenge organizer and building supervisor of Great Neck Recreation Center.

Recreation center members and visitors may complete the challenge at any Virginia Beach community recreation center between September 11 and 15.

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